Tuesday 19 October 2021

The Dragonfly Diaries by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds

 The Dragonfly Diaries: The Unlikely Story of Europe's First Dragonfly Sanctuary

  This is the inspiring and fascinating story of how the author created Europe's first dragonfly sanctuary. Outlining the challenges of creating suitable habitat and renovating buildings to become a museum and visitor centre, along with the changing fortunes of the whole enterprise this is an engrossing read. 

The focus is often more on the challenges of creating the sanctuary rather than on the dragonflies themselves and the diary format may not be the most useful for everyone. However, it is well worth reading if you are at all interested in nature conservation and there are plenty of detailed observations of nature alongside the detailed outlines of building ponds. 

The author has been a great ambassador for dragonflies and the dragonfly sanctuary in its various incarnations has been a vital part of conservation in the UK.

 The Dragonfly Diaries by Ruary MacKenzie Dodds published by Saraband (2014)


Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, CGP, for this. I had not come across it before, and may add it to my Christmas list ...

Lowcarb team member said...

I'd not heard of a dragonfly sanctuary, it sounds an interesting read.

All the best Jan

RG said...

I hope I find it.

There are still a couple of dragonflies "dragonflying" around here. They go so fast - stop - quickly change direction - with no apparent cause..